Alabama offensive guard Athony Steen pitched the equivalent of 14 consecutive perfect games: no penalties and no sacks all season. It wasn't enough to get him much recognition on a stellar offensive line, however.
Alabama is known for getting underclassmen ready to play big-time college football, and many of them are already prepared to play in the NFL.
Alabama's veterans knew about them in the spring and preseason. After some amazing performance, culminating in the SEC championship, the football world know about the Tide's super freshmen
Alabama used its offensive line to plow its way through Georgia on the road to the BCS title game. Now, the Tide know they face another battle with the Irish.
Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams embodied the Tide's perseverance in winning the SEC Championship game against Georgia, as he fought through an injury to impact the victory.
Freshmen running backs have factored heavily into Alabama and Georgia's runs to SEC Championship game -- T.J. Yeldon for the Tide, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall for the Dawgs.
Alabama didn't look ahead to the SEC championship game and dispatched Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl, giving the Crimson Tide a clear route to a BCS title spot.
Alabama-LSU represents the ultimate in SEC football, as it will be a physical dogfight in the trenches.
No. 1 Alabama goes into unfamiliar territory Saturday, as it travels to Columbia, Mo., for its first SEC matchup with the Missouri Tigers.
Alabama has been good on the offensive and defensive lines, but the No. 1 Crimson Tide are hardly satisfied with their play in the trenches.
No longer in the shadow of a veteran ahead of him, Bama receiver and return man Christion Jones is making inroads to being AJ McCarron's target of choice.